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Guest Author Series Welcomes poet Tess Taylor - Oct 12th!

Post Date:08/22/2016 6:00 AM

TessTaylor-webnewsThe MPC Guest Authors Series is delighted to bring Tess Taylor to Monterey for this public reading, followed by a question & answer period and book signing. 

In 2010, Tess Taylor was awarded the Amy Clampitt Fellowship. Her prize: A rent-free year in a cottage in the Berkshires, where she could finish a first book. But Taylor—outside the city for the first time in nearly a decade, and trying to conceive her first child—found herself alone. To break up her days, she began to intern on a small farm, planting leeks, turning compost, and weeding kale. In this calendric cycle of 28 poems, Taylor describes the work of this year, considering what attending to vegetables on a small field might achieve now. Against a backdrop of drone strikes, “methamphetamine and global economic crisis,” these poems embark on a rich exploration of season, self, food, and place. Threading through the farm poets—Hesiod, Virgil, and John Clare—Taylor revisits the project of small scale farming at the troubled beginning of the 21st century. In poems full of bounty, loss and the mysteries of the body, Taylor offers a rich, severe, memorable meditation about what it means to try to connect our bodies, and our time on earth.

Tess Taylor is the author of Work & Days (Red Hen Press, 2016) and The Forage House (Red Hen Press, 2013). She has received fellowships from Amherst College, the American Antiquarian Society, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony. She also served as the 2010–2011 Amy Clampitt Fellow in Lenox, Massachusetts. Taylor is on the board of the National Book Critics Circle and reviews poetry for NPR’s All Things Considered. She is a professor of English and creative writing at Whittier College and lives in El Cerrito, California.



"Bay Area native Tess Taylor chronicles a farming year in her radiant second collection, Work & Days... Attuned to the earth, Taylor possesses a gift for lucid imagery and a sharp eye for detail. She’s a literary descendant of Jane Hirshfield, informed by classical farm poets Hesiod and Virgil... Work & Days moves beyond the personal and the pastoral; its poems resonate with a felt awareness of the larger world, the shadows of war and environmental crisis..."

--The San Francisco Chronicle




October 12, 2016. The event will begin at 7 o'clock.


Monterey Peninsula College, Almaden Room at the Student Center

Ticket Information:

  • Tickets are just $10 each and can be purchased at the event or in advance in the Humanities Division Office after September 20th.)
  • Ticket sales are by cash or check only.

Questions about this event should be directed to Henry Marchand at

Information about the Guest Authors Series, and video of past Series events, may be found on the Guest Authors page on the Creative Writing website

About the Series

As participants in The MPC Guest Authors Series, accomplished writers of poetry and prose come to our main campus in Monterey for public readings and discussions of writing and literature with MPC students.

Supported by The MPC Creative Writing ProgramEnglish Department, and Humanities Division, as well as The MPC Foundation and The Arts Council for Monterey County, the Series typically presents two Guest Authors each academic year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring semester.

Further enhancing the vibrant and inspiring Creative Writing environment at MPC, the Series offers extraordinary opportunity for those who pursue their own writing interest by way of our multi-genre Creative Writing curriculum to meet with and learn from diverse literary artists of consummate skill.


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